A dad believes he’s ordered ‘the UK’s biggest bacon butty’ after asking staff at a branch of Greggs to pile a whopping 51 rashers of bacon in a soft roll because he fancied a ‘meaty breakfast’. In total, the butty came to a wild 2,920 calories, meaning Craig Harker had eaten his daily allowance in just one meal.
Craig left staff at the bakery bemused as he asked them to pile the rashers high. He posted a video of the meaty creation on his TikTok account showing how the £16.40 sandwich was so big it had to be served in a doughnut box. He soon realised that his eyes were bigger than his belly, however, admitting the bacon butty ‘absolutely destroyed me’ and he ‘didn’t eat one for a few days’ as a result of his challenge.
Although unable to finish it, Craig shared the rest with his partner Rochelle Fairley and his three kids.
Craig, from Hardwick, Stockton-on-Tees, said: “I think it’s the UK’s biggest bacon bun – I know we were hitting some sort of record.
“When she served it to me in the doughnut box, I thought ‘I’ve never seen a bacon butty that size before – that looks incredible’.
“I was just driving past and fancied a Greggs bacon sarnie, so I went in and said ‘can I have the biggest you can make me?’
“I was asking for more and more bacon and she just kept saying ‘yes’.
“When I reached 50 she said ‘I think we should stop here. I don’t think we’ve got a box big enough’.
“The box was meant to fit six doughnuts, and it ended up fitting one massive bacon sandwich.
“It’s the biggest bacon sandwich I’ve ever seen in my life – it was absolutely huge.
“It’s my local Greggs so they’re used to me ordering these big wacky meals.
“As soon as I walk in they’re like ‘what do you want?’ They know I’m going to order something a bit different.
“I love bacon sarnies, but after that I didn’t eat one for a few days.”
Craig began food blogging alongside his day job because he enjoys letting his followers in on ‘secret menu’ items, as well as sharing discounts for people looking to save some cash.
He said: “What I really like sharing is budgeting and discount savings for people, so if I find an offer on somewhere, then I love sharing it.
“I love sharing any discounts I can find or ways to save money, because at the minute everyone’s skint and need a money-saver.
“When I go out reviewing food I love advertising and supporting other businesses, especially independent ones. Often within days that business will get so many more customers just through the videos.
“The standard news is doom and gloom, whereas when you talk about food everyone brightens up and gets a smile on their face. We all have to eat every day, it’s just how you do that.
“The Greggs bacon butty is definitely a national institution – everyone throughout the country knows what they serve and everyone lives within about 10 miles of one.
“The fact that it’s readily available means anyone, anywhere in the country can go and get that whenever they want.
“But I reckon if everyone did that Greggs would have a nationwide bacon shortage.”
Greggs have been approached for comment.